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An impulsive squirrel we’ve named Percy has claimed residence in our yard and is forever entertaining us with his antics. The new bird-feeder outside our kitchen window is made from an old tire, scalloped and laced in the center with mesh so bird seed doesn’t sit in rain water. This feeder, large enough to handle a covey of doves, now hangs from a limb in our red bud tree. And if Percy stretches far enough, he can hang onto the tree with his back feet, while holding the feeder with his front feet to grab his morning snack. His tail wraps around the chains to give him a safety belt should the feeder slip from his grasp. He is quite the acrobat and refuses to share his feeder with any of the other creatures that swoop in for breakfast.


He used to scamper away when I knocked on the window. Now, he doesn’t even glance over his shoulder…he knows it’s me and never misses an extra mouthful while extending his turn at the feeder.

This morning was one of those special spring mornings—not too cold, not to hot…just right. The sky was brilliant blue, embellished with new green of the leaves. Just gorgeous!

Percy took his time at the feeder even though others were waiting in line. He sat upright and looked as though he burped, then slid down the tree, moseyed across the yard toward the street, and sat at the curb waiting. Just like those silly, high-fiving squirrels on the automobile commercial.

A white car sped down the road and Percy waited ‘til the last possible moment, jumped off the curb, and raced across the road in front of the woman driver.

I gasped.

She thankfully applied the brakes and skidded to a stop, but the little varmint never slowed his pace ‘til he leaped up the other curb and raced to safety at the top of a tree across the street.

Percy received an outpouring of God’s mercy this morning…meaning the fuzzy critter didn’t receive what his foolish actions deserved…but God also granted him grace—He gave Percy something he didn’t deserve after deliberately running in front of a car—grace to scamper yet another day.

However, unlike those silly squirrels in that car commercial…there were no high-fives from the other squirrels.

But isn’t that just like us? We cavort through life, enjoying the thrills, pushing the limits—‘til like Percy, we decide to jump off life’s curb into the middle of rush hour traffic…I’m not sure we’re even aware of or praying God will save us from our own lack of good sense to stop long enough to ask His direction.

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One day, when I stand before Him, I’m sure going to have some ‘splainin’ to do about ignoring wisdom and steadfastness—about setting my mouth in motion before my brain slips into gear—about reacting rather than acting according to His Word and His righteousness— always about scampering rather than spending quiet time before Him…in the Word…and seeking His wisdom and His direction.

Lord, please help me remember the picture you painted for me this morning at the kitchen window. And I thank You for the mercy and grace You shower over me each day. Help me always prioritize sitting before You when the day begins…bringing my mind, heart, and actions to You for order and direction. Please teach me to listen for the voice of Your Spirit whispering, “This is the way, walk in it.” 


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DiAne Gates writes:
Are you thankful for America? Please join me today on HeartWings Blog to express your thanks for the blessing of America…still One Nation Under God!

I am thankful for America.Earlier this week a former cabinet member said to…

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A well written and irrevocable conclusion on wall building by my friend and author, Ernie Carrasco.

Ernie's Musings

Walls Work! Image source: https://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2016/06/21/the-many-barriers-to-donald-trumps-border-wall 

And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall. (Nehemiah 4:10)

The partial government shutdown continues beyond the third week. Some say that this is the longest shutdown in government history, yet, outside of a small percentage of government employees, the shutdown fails to have the chaotic effect that the main-stream media (MSM) purport. Many conscientious government employees remain at their posts even though they have not received a paycheck. (That is what I call dedication, and they ought to be commended for it.) While their pay may be temporarily delayed, they will receive their full back-pay eventually when this government impasse is breached.

The cause of the impasse is absurd. The House of Representatives wants to submit a spending plan for President Trump…

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A reader called this post from 2014 to my attention…it’s even more applicable today than it was four years ago. And join the conversation.


A scream, like only a teenaged girl can vocalize, sliced the stillness of the afternoon. I raced toward the bedroom where her petulant voice echoed, “MO—THER!”

Daughter stood in the doorway of her closet swatting, scratching, and stripping off clothes. “Ants!” she shouted and smacked herTop hands up and down her face, neck, and body. “Everywhere. In my closet. In my clothes. Do something!”

“The kitchen, under the sink.” I motioned to the horrified girlfriend plastered against the opposite wall, “Get my rubber gloves and a plastic bag.”

I opened the plastic bag she offered at arms-length and stuffed shoes, socks, shirts, and an assortment of objects attempting to find out where the nasty creatures were coming from. And then, there it was. Laying on the bottom of her junky closet floor, underneath a hubble of rubble—HER GYM BAG.

“But Mom—” Her face colored sorry.

I glared first at her…

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Thanksgiving prayer

I appreciate each and everyone of you! Dick and I pray God’s abundant blessings over you and your families. Give Him glory and thankfulness for who He is and what He’s done in your lives!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Gates Household!

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Book One in a New cozy mystery series, The Relatively Seeking Mysteries.

Bailey finds a hidden photo of a girl inside her grandmother’s album from fifty years ago. But her mother only had brothers. 

As she searches her family tree to discover her identity, Bailey finds secrets pointing to a long-ago crime. Did she find one leaf too many?
The truth is definitely relative!

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Age of the Earth

A great post by my friend and author, Ernie Carrasco

Ernie's Musings

“And the earth was without form and void” (Genesis 1:2)

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:11)

Many Christians find it difficult to believe that the universe and the earth are only about 6000 years old. After decades of assault from all sides by evolutionists touting that billions of years of evolution are well-established scientific fact, Christian scholars, intimidated by the prospect of appearing uneducated while at the same time desiring to uphold the veracity of the Bible, seek compromises that attempt to “shoehorn” evolution into the simple text of the creation account recorded in Genesis.

Several of the compromises exist today even though solid biblical and scientific scholarship has shown them to be false. The Gap…

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